Laser

The U.s. Navy Just Shipped A Giant Laser Cannon (we Have Questions)

David Axe Security, The Navy hopes to begin fielding a megawatt-class laser in the 2025 timeframe. A laser with that kind of power could destroy ballistic missiles, but might require a very large host ship that also has ample electrical power. A...

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Laser Weapons On Stealth Jets: The Future Of The U.s. Air Force?

Sebastien Roblin Security, What happens when F-35s and F-22s get lasers? Key Point:  Near perfect precision, virtually unlimited ammunition, and an ability to disable more targets than ever before. On April 23, the Air Force Research Laboratory...

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Pg&e Should Try This Alps Drone For Fully Automated Power Grid Inspections

ALPS, known for its in-car electronics components has put together a Done system that can autonomously inspect powerline infrastructure.The drone has highly precise and sensitive sensors, including a Lidar, which is a laser-based radar that provides...
Related topics: Drones

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Weaving Quantum Processors Out Of Laser Light

Researchers open a new avenue to quantum computing with a breakthrough experiment: a large-scale quantum processor made entirely of light.
Related topics: Quantum, Physics

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Flux Unveils Beamo, A Compact And Affordable Laser Cutter For The Masses

We love it when technology makes our lives easier. While smartphones have come a long way in the past decade, other technologies have improved at a much slower pace. Laser cutters and engravers have always been large, complicated and very expensive,...

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Sunday Assorted Links

1. T.S. Eliot trove of letters to be unsealed. 2. The Mayans: “Hey all: you realize that researchers just used lasers to find *60,000* new sites in Guatemala?!? This is HOLY [expletive] territory.” 3. Are blackboards underrated?  Not by...
Related topics: Mathematics

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Laser Survey Reportedly Exposes 1,000 Hidden Ancient Sites On Scottish Island

As the Rapid Archaeological Mapping Manager at Historic Environment Scotland said, the survey of the Isle of Arran is just the beginning, as he expects to discover “tens of thousands more ancient sites across the rest of Scotland.”
Related topics: Polls, Scientific Discoveries

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Laser Cutters Sold On Amazon And Elsewhere Are Cheap, Fun—and Dangerous

Bargain-basement laser cutters offered at major shopping sites don’t adequately protect buyers from the risks inherent in playing around with laser beams. Once upon a time, an aircraft pilot looking down toward the ground saw only the distant...
Related topics: Amazon

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Mixer Co-founder Quits To Work On Lasers

Matt Salsamendi was just 18 years old when he co-founded Mixer, the site which has grown to be the third most popular video game streaming platform. Now, he's announced he is moving on from the company to take on new projects.
Related topics: Tech Videos

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The U.s. Air Force Has Begun Prototyping Its F-35 Stealth Fighter Replacement

Kris Osborn Security, Will it change warfare? Key point: The weapons of the future are coming. (Washington, D.C.) Drone fighter jets, hypersonic attack planes, artificial intelligence, lasers, electronic warfare and sensors woven into the...
Related topics: Drones

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This Dibbling Plate Will Grow Your Love For Sowing

One of the best things about 3D printers and laser cutters is their ability to produce specialized tools that steal time back from tedious processes. Seed sowing is a great example of this. Even if you only want to sow one tray with two dozen or so...
Related topics: 3D Printers, Printers

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Diagnosing Cellular Nanomechanics

Researchers at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and MIT’s Laser Biomedical Research Center (LBRC) have developed a new way to study cells, paving the way for a better understanding of how cancers spread and become...

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Iphone Repairs Could Become Much Cheaper Thanks To These Laser Machines

It’s always been expensive to repair a broken Phone, but the last couple of years, official prices have really soared into ludicrous territory. Replacing a broken screen on the iPhone XS Max or iPhone 11 Pro Max, for instance, will cost you $329...
Related topics: Iphone, Mobile Technology

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Bacteria Trapped -- And Terminated -- By Graphene Filter

Chemists transform their laser-induced graphene into an air filter that not only traps pathogens but also kills them with a small blast of electricity.
Related topics: Graphene

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Ink Stinks, So Get This $170 Brother Laser Printer For $99.99

Regular printers that take ink are such a hassle. I rarely ever use mine, and yet it seems like I have to replace the ink constantly. I swear, it's like each one of these overpriced cartridges only prints like 20 pages! If you're sick and tired of...
Related topics: Printers

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Nasa's Confusing Icesat-2 Websites

Keith's note: If you go to the NASA GSFC website you will see this release release "Laser Precision: NASA Flights, Satellite Align Over Sea Ice". In the release you will see this at the bottom: "For more information, visit: nasa.gov/icesat-2 or...
Related topics: NASA, Space, Satellites

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Tracking Ants And Zapping Them With Lasers

Thanks to the wonders of neural networks and machine learning algorithms, it’s now possible to do things that were once thought to be inordinately difficult to achieve with computers. It’s a combination of the right techniques and piles...
Related topics: Algorithms

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A Powerful Experiment That Cracked A 100-year-old Mystery Posed By Einstein Just Got A Huge Upgrade

A gravitational-wave observatory in Japan is joining Earth's most powerful tool to detect ripples in spacetime. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) first detected gravitational waves from the merging of two black holes in...
Related topics: Albert Einstein, Black Holes

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3-d Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication 1000-fold

Using a new time-based method to control light from an ultrafast laser, researchers have developed a nanoscale 3-D printing technique that can fabricate tiny structures 1000 times faster than conventional two-photon lithography (TPL) techniques,...

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Russia To Deploy Over 10 Space Monitoring Centres By 2022

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia will deploy more than 10 new laser-optical and radio-technical space monitoring stations on its territory by 2022, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

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